Is Protein Powder Safe?

What are the hidden dangers of protein powders?

While protein powders can help us meet our macronutrient goals and lose body fat, they may contain added sugar, calories, or even toxic chemicals if not chosen carefully.

Protein powders are powdered forms of protein that come from plants (soybeans, peas, rice, potatoes, or hemp), eggs, or milk (casein or whey protein). The powders may include other ingredients such as added sugars, artificial flavoring, sweeteners, thickeners, vitamins, and minerals. These additives (present in Muscle Pharm for example) can get stuck in the gut and lead to bloating over time. People with dairy allergies or trouble digesting lactose [milk sugar] can experience gastrointestinal discomfort if they use a milk-based protein powder, therefore I recommend a plant based organic protein for them. Shop my favorite plant based protein here:

What are the risks?

A protein powder is a dietary supplement. The FDA leaves it up to manufacturers to evaluate the safety and labeling of products, so there's no way to know if a protein powder contains what manufacturers claim. Unfortunately, we don't know the long-term effects. There are limited data on the possible side effects of high protein intake from supplements.

It may be high in added sugars and calories. Some protein powders have little added sugar, and others have a lot (as much as 23 grams per scoop, like Muscle Milk). Some protein powders wind up turning a glass of milk into a drink with more than 1,200 calories. The risk: weight gain and an unhealthy spike in blood sugar.